Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Holiday Sweets and Baking

Almond Sugar Cookies


Enjoy some of our favorite Christmas and New Year’s recipes

Sweets and baking? It must be holiday season!

This week we’re collecting some of our favorite recipes (both sweet and savory) that we think you’d particularly enjoy this time of year.

Ready, set, glow!



Christmas Stollen

Holiday Baked Goods
Chocolate Fudge with Nutella

Holiday Sweets and Desserts
Pfeffernüsse Cookies
Holiday Cookies
Italian Sesame Cookies

Happy Holidays!

We’re taking off the rest of the year. But we’ll be back the first second Wednesday in January with a new post.

We wish each of you a wonderful holiday season. See you next year!


84 comments:

Angie Schneider said...

What a yummy sweet collection of holiday treats! I can't take my eyes off from the chocolate fudge :-)))
Have a wonderful cookie season!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Angie, that fudge is delish. :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Mae Travels said...

The weight is piling on just from thinking about all those delicious treats! Your friends and family are really lucky if you are sharing. Have a great Christmas and New Year.

best...mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Mae, we never make all of this the same year -- although it's fun to contemplate. :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Evelyne CulturEatz said...

Ok so I'll have one of everything please! This the season for amazing treats! The Pfeffernüsse Cookies are particularly calling me. Happy Holidays!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Evelyne, one of everything coming up. :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Anne in the kitchen said...

Have a glorious Christmas! Enjoy the baking and especially the after effects of baking deliciousness!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Anne, we'll definitely enjoy both the baking and the after effects. :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Denise Browning said...

So many scrumptious desserts and baked goods to choose from. Wishing you very Happy Holidays!

Dahn Boquist said...

We just got back from Bavaria, Germany where there were Christmas markets in every town and SOOO many baked goods. I definitely had my share of the stollen :)
Have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy all the goodies!

Family Spice said...

So many delicious options! My kids always love decorating sugar cookies, no matter how old they are. Wishing you and your a family a wonderful Christmas!

Terry / Blue Kitchen said...

Those not-too-sweet Italian Sesame Cookies look terrific. Especially during the holidays, when we're in sugar overload mode.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Denise, lotta goodies here. :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Dahn, we haven't visited the Christmas markets -- would love to. :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Laura, sugar cookies are great, aren't they? Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Terry, those are a wonderful cookie! Really worth trying. :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Gerlinde de Broekert said...

All of your recipes look very good, my favorite are the rum balls. Fröhliche Weihnachten John!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Gerlinde, rum balls are hard to beat! :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Susan Grupe said...

So here you are in my inbox after a long time. The Comcast god giveth and taketh away, but I don't know why. I'll just enjoy you and Mrs Riffs for as long as I can. May it be merry and bright!

Amy (Savory Moments) said...

Delicious collection and I totally agree about the Pfeffernusse!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Susan, no idea why you haven't been receiving email notifications -- weird. Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Amy, that's such a great cookie, isn't it? Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

mjskit said...

Thank you so much for this list John. I've been doing more treat baking this holiday and I see a couple more ideas in this list. Tonight I just found out what a Pfeffernüsse Cookies was and can't wait to try them. Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi MJ, Pfeffernüsse are wonderful! Really. Worth. Having. :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Valentina said...

What a fun post.That Nutella fudge is calling my name. Again and again! :-)

Judy Purcell said...

What a great selection! We just finished our cooking making yesterday and the best part is always the time we spend together in the process. :)

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Valentina, that Nutella fudge is dynamite stuff. :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Judy, time together in the kitchen is so much fun, isn't it? Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

All That I'm Eating said...

So many things to try here, great ideas!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Caroline, :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Amira's Pantry said...

Lovely collection, Merry Christmas to all of you.

Sippity Sup said...

Hmmm. If I'm going to do it this year I better get baking! Thanks for the inspiration. GREG

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Amira, they're fun, aren't they? Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Greg, you've been really busy so you have an excuse for being late with your baking. Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

GiGi Eats said...

No Churn Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream and ALL THE CHRISTMAS COOKIES ON THE FACE OF THE PLANET FOR MEEEEE please! Hot damn I loved those things!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi GiGi, that ice cream is wonderful! As are the cookies. :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

John, those Italian Sesame Cookies look like something I need to make very soon! Happy baking!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Jean, you really do need to make those cookies -- they're wonderful! :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Cocoa and Lavender said...

I gained weight just looking at this wonderful list! I think the first thing I will tackle is the Stollen! Wishing you and the Mrs. a wonder-filled holiday!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi David, my mom used to make Stollen every Christmas Eve. Love the aroma of it baking! Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family John.

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! What a lovely way to end 2018!!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Lea Ann, thanks! And Merry Christmas, Happy New Year -- in short, Happy Holidays! -- to your and yours. :-)

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Liz, terrific way to end the year! Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Lydia Filgueras said...

Happy Holidays! I'm eyeing that nutella fudge...

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Lydia, that fudge is good stuff. :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Emma @ Bake Then Eat said...

Everything on this list looks so good. Merry Christmas to you and yours :D

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Emma, lotta fun stuff here. :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Jeff said...

I love your cookies. They're so old-school (which are the best IMHO). You stollen, though, in order to be traditional, is supposed to be stolen, isn't it? At least it was in the neighborhood I grew up in. ;-) Merry Christmas!

Frank said...

What a great collection of recipes, John. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Deb|eastofEdenCooking said...

Happy Holidays John! I am a Christmas sweet baker too. Thank you for sharing such fab recipes.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Jeff, you steal our Stollen and you're in BIG trouble. :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Frank, we love Christmas baking! Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Deb, Christmas baking is the best, isn't it? Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Food Gal said...

Mmm, Italian sesame cookies. I am all over those. Happy holidays to you! Hope it's a sweet one

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Carolyn, those are GREAT cookies! :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

It would be hard to decide which I like best although Christmas stollen is certainly one of my flavors. Wishing you both a wonderful Christmas.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Karen, I know -- so many choices, right? :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

sherry said...

merry Xmas to you both!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Sherry, thanks, and Happy Holidays!

natalia20041989 said...

Everything looks amazing and so festive☺☺

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Natalia, we love festive stuff! :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

mimi rippee said...

Such a beautiful array of goodies. I made nothing! I'll be making something sweet for my husband's birthday in February, but normally I just don't bake, unless it's yeasted bread. Partially because there are no kids here anymore.

Anne@ASaladForAllSeasons said...

What a great array of holiday goodies, John! Thank you for sharing them. Hope you and Mrs. KR had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you both all the best for the new year! :)

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Mimi, we don't bake a lot these days, but we always enjoy thinking about it. :-) Thanks for the comment.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Anne, we had a great Christmas, and are looking forward to a fun New Year celebration. :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Claudia said...

So much wonderful baking to be had here - and happily for me - it is winter in Minnesota and the baking doesn't stop after Christmas. I am eyeing those breads. I concur on the French Toast and the meringues in strawberry sauce are the perfect break from heavy eating. Wishing you all the best in 2019 and beyond.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Claudia, meringues are SO GOOD! Love 'em. :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Debra Eliotseats said...

This post sparked lots of foodie holiday memories. First of all, I made baking powder biscuits this morning! Zabiglione was one of the first desserts I made for my new in-laws (back in the day), and Pfeffernüsse always reminds me of spending a couple of very special holidays at Big Cedar Lodge. (They used to leave these in the rooms...don't know if they still do.) HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Thanks for the list of goodies!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Debra, delighted to spark some happy memories! Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

handmade by amalia said...

I could go for one of these cookies right now, already poured the tea. I've enjoyed all my visits in 2018, looking forward to 2019. Happy New Year.
Amalia
xo

Amy (Savory Moments) said...

A delicious collection! I hope you've been enjoying the holiday season and Happy New Year!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Amalia, love tea with cookies! Such a great combo. Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Amy, we've had a wonderful holiday season thus far. Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Fran @ Gday Souffle said...

Gosh, that Chocolate Fudge with Nutella sure looks good. It's obvious you've been blogging a long time, with your posts going back to 2011. I note that Mimi says she doesn't bake any ore since "there are no kids around anymore." I'm in the same situation, however I still bake because the food tastes so good. Unfortunately, the weight continues to pile on!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Fran, we're basically kids, so baking still works for us. Sometimes. :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

Just wanted to stop back by to with you both a very Healthy and Happy New Year.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Karen, thanks! And same to the two of you. :-)

Healthy World Cuisine said...

Hope you had a lovely holiday John! I seemed to have missed this post. I'm so sorry that happened as your Pfeffernüsse Cookies look killer good. Have these on the menu for 2019 holiday baking for sure. Wishing you a super 2019

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Bobbi, Pfeffernüsse really ARE killer good, aren't they? :-) Thanks for the comment, and hope your holidays were happy. :-)

Juliana said...

Happy New Year John! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome collection of recipes, it sure can be used all year round.
Have a wonderful week ahead!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Juliana, thanks for the comment, and Happy New Year!

Marcelle said...

Wonderful roundup, John! Your crunch drop cookies are calling my name!! Hope you had a wonderful holiday season and Happy 2019!!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Marcelle, those crunch drop cookies YELL at me. :-) They're really good. Thanks for the comment, and hope your holidays were wonderful.